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SIGNED COPIES (while stocks last). Ornithophobia is the London three-piece's third studio album - their first for Naim - and truly marks the fruition of five years' worth of musical experimentation. Influenced by the likes of Tim Berne, Aphex Twin, Deerhoof, Albert King and Flying Lotus, their music is intense, ambitious and iconoclastic More >>

Produced by Petter Eldh

Naim Artists nominated for Jazz FM awards.
30 April 2015
Naim Artists nominated for 2015 Jazz FM Awards
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The Times
4 Stars
"The spirit of Gentle Giant…shades of Aphex Twin and Flying Lotus. A clever, contemporary record"

Drowned In Sound
"a glitchy, frenetic trip through krautrock, electro and jazz, a complex recipe of time signatures, analog synths, clipped drums and muted guitar"

Financial Times
4 Stars
"Each piece is a shape-shifting patchwork of melodic fragments, crunchy harmonies and looped rhythms"

The Guardian
4 Stars
"Troyka’s best album to date, and a kaleidoscopic series of impressions of how fast they’re moving on"

4 Stars
"Gripping and highly imaginative new music"

The Sunday Herald
"inspiring music that’s restlessly full of ideas, brilliantly realised and played"

4 Stars
"Brainy Music is back - about time"

London Jazz News
"rip-roaring moments of deconstructive guitar, organ throb and sparse sharp drumming that they’re acclaimed for"

Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“a beautiful ambient widescreen sound”

“The band’s most ambitious and fully realised album to date that dives into beat-fuelled Flying Lotus-style jazztronica”

The Guardian
“A fascinating conjunction of dance-derived beats, abstract electronica, ambient music, Schofield-like guitar funk, and John Zorn-ish free-jazz”

The Telegraph
3 Stars
“arithmetically ingenious”

The Guardian
“It’s a trio devoted to jump-cut restlessness, but without sacrificing an affection for melody”

The Scotsman
4 Stars
"energised and creative gumbo of experimental jazz, rock, blues, electronica, spacious cinematic minimalism, hip-hop and multiple other shades of dance music"
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Record Collector
4 Stars
“an unclassifiable yet arresting synthesis of sound and styles”

The Quietus
“ingenious…fleet-footed and inventive enough to be more than merely clever”

“An artistically cyphered mélange of rock and jazz, discordant and beautifull; it will help you let go of your fear anything and turn it into flying.”

Drowned in Sound, Class of 2015
“glitchy, frenetic trip through krautrock, electro and jazz, a complex recipe of time signatures, analog synths, clipped drums and muted guitar.”

Music OMH
4 Stars
"unashamedly cerebral music"

Subba Cultcha
“slick and completely unpredictable”

BeBop Spoken Here
“A ghostly post-Apocalyptic landscape (the radio announcer details the inescapable transmutation, human form will cede to the avian) stretches across the album.”

Tasty Fanzine
“Edgy grooves to help get 2015 underway and Troyka are, as the saying goes, ones to watch”

“it's impossible to tell where their songs are going next, other than knowing it's in a completely unexpected direction… enthralling.”

God Is In The TV
"harnesses the free-wheeling spirit of progressive jazz to the bold awareness of an electronic Dr. Dre"

The Independent
“Mingus-meets-Motorhead melange of garage rock, improvised jazz, metronomic beats and extreme volume.”

Kit Downes: organ, keyboard
Chris Montague: guitars
Joshua Blackmore: drums

Produced by Petter Eldh and Troyka.
Ornithophobia, Magpies, Bamburgh and Seahouses composed by Chris Montague; Arcades by Chris Montague and Kit Downes, Thopter by Joshua Blackmore; The General by Kit Downes; Life Was Transient and Troyka Smash by Petter Eldh.
Recorded at Eton College and On The Record Studios by Dave Ashman.
Mixed by Pelle Brand and Alex Bonney at Studio Safran
Mastered by Ray Staff at AIR Studios, London
Artwork by Naiel Ibbarola. Design and layout by Simon Drake and John Lee Langford

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